English Learner (EL)
The philosophy of the Harlem School District is for all of our students to develop high levels of English proficiency, while maintaining, and whenever possible enhancing their linguistic diversity. We will support our students to maintain their first language as they develop skills in English. We will develop a comprehensive model to address the short and long term academic programming goals of our English learners.
A student identified as EL is entitled to services (but, as noted above, not necessarily within TBE/TPI program parameters) until such student obtains a minimum Overall Composite Proficiency Level of 5.0 and a Proficiency Level of 4.2 on both Reading ACCESS. Thus, districts must continue to provide ELs with appropriate services until they achieve these cut scores on ACCESS.
Multi-Tiers of Support (MTSS), formally known as Response to Intervention (RtI)/ Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
Multi-tiered system of supports (MTSS), previously known as Response to Intervention (RtI), is a process designed to assist schools as they focus on high quality interventions that are matched to student needs and monitored on a frequent basis. The information gained from the RtI process is used by school personnel to adapt instruction and to make decisions regarding the student's educational program. MTSS includes a behavioral component to assist students in succeeding in the core curriculum. The Harlem behavioral component of MTSS is called Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS.)
What is the MTSS Process?
The Harlem MTSS system is divided into a three tier intervention model as illustrated below:
Tier 1: Core classroom instructional interventions utilize best practices in differentiated instruction.
Tier 2: Small group interventions add to core classroom instruction. These may also include supplementary learning opportunities such as after school tutoring and academic intervention periods.
Tier 3: Individual targeted interventions supplement core classroom instruction.
What is PBIS?
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a proactive systems approach to establishing the behavioral supports and social culture and needed for all students in a school to achieve social, emotional, and academic success.
As a Response to Intervention model, PBIS applies a three-tiered system of support, and a problem-solving process to enhance the capacity of schools to effectively educate all students.
Literacy and Numeracy Support
The professional devleopment specialists provide literacy and numeracy support for teachers in the Harlem School District. Classroom support is provided through coaching cycles, small group instruction and individual assistance. The professional development specialists facilitate on-going collaborative professional development focused on current evidence-based best instructional practice.
Student literacy support is provided in each elementary school by building Literacy Specialists. These Literacy Specialists support students in every grade level. They also plan the school's literacy nights. Middle school students receive additional literacy and numeracy support in the Enrichment classes and high school students receive additional support in the Directed Studies courses.
Disclosure of Federal Participation (Stevens Amendment)
Projects or programs funded in whole or in part with Federal grant money must credit the Federal government for the Federal government's portion of the financial support. In compliance with the Stevens Amendment, the federal government has given Title I, II, IID, III, IV, and V monies to Harlem School District #122 to support their school programs. Anyone interested in acquiring more information as to how these monies are targeted or spent should contact Dr. Michelle Erb, Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction, at 815-654-4500.
8605 N. 2nd Street
Machesney Park, IL 61115
(815) 654-4535 Fax
Dr. Michelle Erb
Assistant Superintendent of Curriculum and Instruction
Director of Elementary Education
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1049
Secretary to Director of Elementary Education
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1038
Director of Secondary Education
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1034
Secretary to Director of Secondary Education
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1061
Grant and Curriculum Secretary
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1037
Information Systems Specialist
(815) 654-4500 ext. 1039